THE DELHI EOAD. 27 distance from the wayside. Here was the " delectable alley of trees, the most incomparable ever beheld," which the Emperor Jahangir enjoys the credit of having planted. That It was really a fiae a¥0nne is attested by the language of the sober Dutch topographer, John de Laet, who, ia his India Vera, written in 1631, that is, early in the reign of Sh&hjah&n, speak® of it in the following terms :—-•" The whole of the country between Agra and Labor is well-watered and by far the most fertile part of India. It abounds in all kinds of prodnce? especially sugar. The highway is bordered on either side by trees which bear a fruit not unlike the miilberrj",* and,'* as he adds in another place, " form a beautiful ayenue." a At intervals of five or six coss," he continues, " there are series built either by the king or by some of the nobles. In these travellers can find bed and lodging i when a person has once taken possession ho cannot be turned out by any one." The glory of the road, however, seems to have been of short duration, for Bemier, writing only thirty years later, that is, in 1663, says :—"• Between Delhi and Agra, a distance of fifty or sixty leagues, the whole road is cheerless and uninteresting-;" and even so late as 1825, Bishop Heber, on his way down to Calcutta, was apparently much struck with what he calls " ike- wiMness of the country," bat meutions no avenue, as he certainly would have done had one then existed. Thus it is clear that the more recent administrators of the district, since its incorporation into British territory, are the only persons entitled to the traveller's blessing for the magnificent and almost unbroken canopy of over-arching boughs, which now extends for more thaniMrty miles from the city of Mathura to the border of the G-urg&nw district^ and forms a sufficient protection from even the mid-day glare of an Indian summer's sun. Though Hie country is now generally brought under cultivation, and can scarcely b© described as even well wooded, there are still here and there many patches of waste land covered with low trees and jungle, which might be consi- dered to justify the Bishop's epithet of wild-looking. The herds of deer are so numerous that tie traveller will seldom go many miles in any direction along a bye*road without seeing a black-buck, followed by his harem? bound across the path. The number has probably increased rather than diminished in late years, * Id the original Latin teat the woid ii monu» which Mr. Letfabridg®, in Ms acholoxly KBgiiih edition* translates fegr8 Sg;' but I think 4 mmlb^rry * * mote accurate taadejf isg, and th&t to be the tree intended It If to this day largely naed £07 roadside planting at Labor, «nd still more so in the Peihiwar Tftllej and in Kibul and on th®Qnw. Be La@& §ay® it wu omiy like thft smlbeiry, and not that It positlrely wa* the Eraltisray, on account of the difference oi the two v&vlttlm of the fmit» the la&iaii and the Buzofta®, which h reiy con@id«rabie. IB tbe Talicj both aft to be teen.